The University of Johannesburg continued their winning sequence at the University Sport South Africa squash tournament by claiming their eighth straight title in Cape Town last week.
Guided by coach Mike Bester and captain Blessing Muhwati, UJ defeated Nelson Mandela University 24-3 in the final, while No 1 Alexa Pienaar won the women’s individual title for the third year in a row.
Bester said the result was all due to the effort the players put in during the year.
“We have been fortunate to have had a pretty good squad in the last few years and some of them will be moving on next year,” he said.
“But winning the title again is just reward for the disciplined approach adopted by the squad members. Their dedication to training has been the reason behind this success story.”
He added that their success was not based on a programme they merely instituted each year, but rather that they had long-term plans in place.
“For instance, when a first-year comes into the squad we don’t immediately expect big results from him or her.
“Instead, we provide them with targets to reach each year so they can build their way to the top level of varsity squash.”
With Pienaar winning the women’s individual title and Muhwati finishing third in the men’s section, UJ were seeded No 1 for the team competition from Wednesday to Friday.
They duly completed another tournament triumph with a comprehensive 24-3 win over Madibaz in the final, winning all six matches. Each team comprised three men and three women.